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The UK's largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities

Metadata and data discovery

We actively promote and maintain metadata standards for describing collections and data in the social sciences. This work includes:

  • Working to develop robust metadata standards and controlled vocabularies for economic and social science data through the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) - our staff sit on the DDI Technical Implementation Group, the DDI Controlled Vocabularies Group and the DDI Qualitative metadata working group
  • Leading work on developing an easy-to-use standard for complex qualitative data collections, through the use of QuDEx and TEI metadata standards
  • Developing and applying a robust methodology for assigning persistent identifiers using DataCite DOIs
  • Actively supporting the Discovery Open Metadata Principles
  • Supporting the Premis Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata to provide granular structured machine-actionable preservation event statements